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Steven Hendricks Lieser

March 12, 1940 ~ February 2, 2021 (age 80)


Steven Hendricks Lieser was born on March 12, 1940 in Salem, Oregon to William and Lucille (Hendricks) Lieser.

A navy brat, Steve grew up in multiple places including Salem, Brooklyn, NY and Vallejo, CA where he graduated from high school.

In the late 1940's, Steve's grandparents, Julian and Anne Hendricks, purchased a small ranch east of Prineville.  Steve would spend most of the summers of his youth there, helping work the ranch with his grandfather and his cousins, Gene and Tom Griepentrog, who he considered to be like brothers.

Steve attended the University of Portland where he was manager of the Pilot's basketball team and a member of Upsilon Omega Pi Fraternity.  It was at UoP that Steve would refine his love of Notre Dame football and drinking beer.  He would eventually receive a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and, later, an MBA.

On a blind date in 1967, he met the love of his life, Kathy Christensen.  Two years later, recently married and with his first child on the way, Steve realized a lifelong goal when his employer, First National Bank, transferred him to Prineville, OR.

Steve would later join Les Schwab Tire Centers where he would spend much of the 70's helping to develop their purchasing and distribution organizations as well as fostering many lifelong friendships.

For years, Steve was a regular at Prineville Golf and Country Club and served multiple turns on the club's board.  He would eventually trade his golf clubs for a chainsaw and spend his remaining active years working to improve and restore the water, timber and meadowland of his grandparents' ranch.

Steve is survived by his wife, Kathy, son Clint Lieser and daughter Laurie (Ben) Hollis and granddaughter, Karlee Hollis.

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